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April 18, 2003

RALEIGH, NC – The No. 37 ranked Virginia men’s tennis team fell 4-0 Friday morning to Wake Forest in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center. The No. 5 seeded Cavaliers dropped their opening match of the tournament for the first time since 1995.

The match opened with Wake Forest taking the doubles point. After the Demon Deacons had won at No. 2 doubles, the Cavalier team of Michael Duquette (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) won at No. 1 doubles. Wake Forest clinched the point with their win at No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, the Demon Deacons clinched the match by taking the first three matches off the courts. The wins at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 5 provided Wake Forest four points and the remaining singles matches were abandoned.

“Losing the doubles point really hurt today,” stated Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “I think that carried into singles where we didn’t play all that well. We were starting to play better in a few of the matches, but it was too late at that point.”

The Cavaliers will now await a possible NCAA Tournament bid. The selections for the 64 team field will be made on April 30.

No. 25 Wake Forest (No. 4 seed) 4, No. 37 Virginia (No. 5 seed) 0

1. No. 27 Duquette/Stewart (UVa) def. Ross/Spice (WF) 8-6
2. Murray/Brendon (WF) def. Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) 8-4
3. Loewenthal/Simpson (WF) def. Gonyer/Nolen (UVa) 8-6

1. No. 41 Doug Stewart (UVa) vs. No. 49 David Loewenthal (WF) DNF
2. Derrick Spice (WF) def. Rylan Rizza (UVa) 6-3, 6-2
3. David Bere (WF) def. Michael Duquette (UVa) 6-3, 6-3
4. Chris Gonyer (UVa) vs. Trent Brendon (WF) DNF
5. Mike Murray (WF) def. Darrin Cohen (UVa) 6-3, 6-1
6. Nick Meythaler (UVa) vs. Brett Ross (WF) DNF

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